Christmas special 2015

December 18, 2015 at 4:31 pm
The Genuine Fakes

The Genuine Fakes

Time for this year’s post with Christmas songs. Here’s a collection of new songs where you might find some to add to your Christmas playlist you spin every year. Merry Christmas!

Chirping – “Love, For Every Christmas I Miss You More”

The last time we heard from Chirping was last year with the single “Ambitions”. I’m happy to see now that they have recorded a new EP during the Autumn, which they will release in the beginning of next year. They serve us a Christmas song as a warm-up, and a really nice one too.

The Genuine Fakes – “Frost”

I haven’t hear from the powerpop band The Genuine Fakes in four years, since they released their debut album “The Striped Album”. But now they are soon coming out with their second album, and just like the band above, they give us an appetizer in the shape of a Christmas single. The first track is a cover of a song from “Frozen” and the second one is their own, a song they released last year as part of charity record.

Michael Fannon – “Första julen utan dig”

Michael Fannon won the radio show “Svensktoppen nästa 2015”, and he follows up on his single hit with a great Christmas track called “Första julen utan dig”.

Sveket – “Förra julen”

Sveket is another project that makes a comeback with a Christmas song. Here with a great version of “Last Christmas”, a song which has been played a bit too much over the years, but which I think they revitalize with their new version. “Förra julen” is also the name of an EP released simultaneously, containing two earlier singles and a new song, beside this cover.

Nilla Nielsen – “Hjärtats sång”

Nilla Nielsen has collaborated with Lasse Lindbom on this song they have written together. That Lasse has some experience with Christmas songs from before is something you probably have noted, if you’ve ever been in Sweden at Christmas time any year after 1987, and also this time the topic is peace, love and understanding.

Hobart W. Fink – “White Christmas”

And now to something completely different. No, it’s not “that” “White Christmas”, but totally a different one from the Los Angeles band Hobart W. Fink. Not so much of a cute Christmas atmosphere perhaps, but rather a rough indie grunge-vibing one. The song is taken from their EP “Post Hummus”.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “White Christmas”

And now we go on to “that” “White Christmas”. Here in a 60’s-vibing soul version with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

Bangalore – “Stora stund”

And then Bangalore bring us down to earth again and reminds us to put some perspective on our gluttony. Here in a synthpop-vibing, lo-fi and quite catchy song.

Square – “Xmas is a bless (let’s talk about it)”

Even Square have made a Christmas track this year, which they describe as “…an attempt to catch the hedonistic basic values of Christmas and that the most ecological, economical, ethical and most wanted solution is to give yourself away as a Christmas gift.” Well, it rocks, it’s the Christmas groove of the year I think.

Lady Low – “Lonely Christmas”

And from LA Lady Low comes with a load of strings and sing about loneliness at Christmas.

Femme – “Santa (Be Good to Me)”

British Femme has made the coolest Christmas track on the list. The song is also a part of a charity project called CoppaFeel!, which is about breast cancer awareness.

Red Sleeping Beauty “Merry Christmas, Marie”

“Merry Christmas, Marie” was the first song in 17 years from the 90’s band Red Sleeping Beauty. It’s also the second single from their upcoming album, to be released in about half a year.

Pär Edwardson – “Let Me In For Christmas”

I’m finishing this Christmas special with a song that is note entirely new, but that has become a favourite of mine from the recent year’s Christmas specials. Pär Edwardson is also out now with his second album “PearShaped”

 

New songs from Livboj, Feivel, Chirping, Bigger Trees and Sudakistan

September 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Livboj

Livboj

Livboj – “Opium Twist” – EP

The duo Livboj,  Jonny “Calzone” Klingvall and Jonas Borgström, released their debut EP “Opium Twist” last week. Four great indie-songs in Swedish. Here’s the title track:

Feivel – “Friend”

Feivel, whom we’ve met before as Elin Hörberg in the Malmö band Skilla, has released her second single, “Friend”. The song is taken from the upcoming EP “Feivel”.

Chirping – “Ambitions”

Here’s another great single from Chirping. “Ambitions”:

Bigger Trees – “Whistleblow My Mind”

Here’s the debut single from the band Bigger Trees, “Whistleblow My Mind”, with two beautiful, ambient and a bit minimalistic songs.

Sudakistan – “Rabia”

Sudakistan is a quintet where most members have Southamerican roots. “Rabia” is their first single from their upcoming debut album, a song where they let loose their mix of latino rhythms and garage rock.

Catching up – Rock with The Good Morning Spider, Chirping, Sentimental Pet and Hunt

June 13, 2014 at 4:47 pm
The Good Morning Spider

The Good Morning Spider

The Good Morning Spider – “Outergalactic” – album

I showed you some of The Good Morning Spider, hailing from Malmö, in February. In the end of March the excellent debut album”Outergalactic” was released, an album full of psychadelia influences and laidback, creative rock. Here are two songs:

Chirping – “Lux” – EP

Indierock from Chirping on the EP “Lux”. The song “The Abyss“, which I presented in the Autumn, is joined by three new songs. Here’s “Canary Wharf”:

Sentimental Pet – “Evil Mind”

Alternative rock from Sentimental Pet:

Hunt “Reset My Bones” (featuring Andrea Gibson)

The band Hunt, hailing from Göteborg, with the postrock-vibing song “Reset My Bones”. The song is based on a poem by Andrea Gibson, a poem she recites in the song. Video by Mats Udd.

Chirping – “The Abyss”

October 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

Chirping

The band Chirping, which I wrote about in Spring, is releasing a new single today, “The Abyss”. Again we find them in this lightly melancholic, warm grand rock area with colleagues like for example The National. And they certainly know their way around here, this time with a softer song, a song they build up with a fine touch to the crescendo without taking it too far into the bombastic. It’s a song that somehow sticks and settles as a warm, comforting blanket over the ambience inside, as I look out into the growing Autumn darkness.

Chirpings site – on Facebook – on Spotify – on Wimp – on Soundcloud

Chirping – “Flicker & Fade”

April 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Chirping

Chirping is the name of an indie rock quartet from Stockholm. Last year they released a single and an EP, and now, about a month ago, two songs on the single “Flicker & Fade”. They sound like if a young The Edge from U2 had formed a band with Steve Kilbey from The Church, at least in the title track, while the second track “Such a Pretty Sight” makes me think a bit of Echo & the Bunnymen and The National, whom the band themselves also mention. Good songs and a nice new acqaintance.

Chirping’s site – on Facebookon Spotifyon Wimpon Soundcloud

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